These fine ladies are Assault Intercessors for my Space Marines / Adeptus Astartes force in Warhammer 40K. They’re the spiritual successors of old-fashioned Assault Marines, though for whatever reason they don’t come with the jump packs that were the main draw for their inclusion in armies in the first place. Nonetheless, Space Marines are as tough as nails and do just fine at close quarters and melee so this loadout of pistol and sword is quite fitting. In the event that I play Death Watch, the only downside of Assault Intercessors is that they don’t fit into any Kill Teams. Luckily, recent experience is telling me that I’m utterly terrible at 40K so I’ve stopped worrying about the relative power of any of my army options and just gone with rolling the dice with friends.
I adore the dynamism of the sculpts for the Assault Intercessors; though it is true that a close friend of mine quite uncharitably (but accurately) refers to them as ‘skippies’ since they look like they’re frolicking into battle. The heads here are mostly from Shapeways and I’m really impressed with the quality of the printing; I’d recommend them for anyone wanting to mix up their GW armies with alternative heads. The paint scheme is, of course, the same as my previous Space Marines. On the one hand, I do love the look of a fully painted coherent army. But on the other, more pertinent hand, I find it a bit of a drag to paint essentially the same scheme on 50ish models. Character driven skirmish games are my preference these days for that reason among others.
Next on the painting table: Boomdakka Snazzwagon.
This is a Librarian, my first HQ choice for my Space Marine (Adeptus Astartes) force in Warhammer 40,000. Librarians in Warhammer 40,000 are more interested in exploding fools using the power of their minds rather than collecting late fees, though I imagine that someone out there has modified one to be doing the ‘shush’ finger pose. Now that I think of it, Space Marine wizards have been called Librarians for as long as I can recall and I don’t think I ever got to the bottom of why that is the joke. If anyone out there can illuminate me I’ll be very interested to find out what it is.
The Librarian has a classic pose, using the ‘reaching out to zap with magic from my fingers’ look beloved of wizard miniatures everywhere, and I absolutely loved painting her. The bulk of the armour is, of course, in the same style as my other Space Marines but I enjoyed the extra bling she’s carrying such as the locked book and associated key hanging off her belt. I went for anime-style pink hair after a bit of discussion with my son as it tied in nicely with the pink on the tubes (what are they even for?) hanging off the Librarian’s armour. For the record, he though it looked silly and felt that I should give her brown hair.
Next on the painting table: Kustom Boosta-Blasta.
Here is a squad of Eliminators, or snipers as I think of them since I constantly get confused by all the different names for modern Space Marines. Needless to say, they’re going to be part of my Adeptus Astartes for Warhammer 40,000. These particular Eliminators are armed with bolt snipers (the other option is las-fusils) which seems suitable for picking off medium targets. In 8th edition the Eliminators were my bane when playing against Gareth, mercilessly mowing down anything that I put in their way. It looks like some of the silliest rules have now been tuned down in 9th edition just in time for me to start using them. They could be part of a Spectrus kill team if I play as Deathwatch; I suspect that there are probably some shenanigans possible there if only I was good enough to understand them.
The Eliminators were a lot of fun to paint. The presence of the cloaks gives a very different feel compared to the other Space Marines and moves the colour balance toward being more green than white. I’m not sure at what point I decided that their weapons would be all gunmetal colour rather than partly black but I quite like the business-like look. It was only after I finished assembling the squad that I realised that none of them are posed actually using their bolt snipers which is quite an oddity. Finally, I love that on the box art for the Eliminators there are some sample schemes including Imperial Fists with bright yellow armour under a beautifully painted camouflage-patterned coat.
Next on the painting table: Boomdakka Snazzwagon.
The five soldiers are Infiltrators, another unit of Troops my Space Marine (Adeptus Astartes) force in Warhammer 40,000. Like the Incursors (with whom I constantly confuse them) the Infiltrators are most notable for, er, infiltrating the battlefield. Apart from some interesting deployment options they’re remarkably similar to the Intercessors in game. However, if I play as Deathwatch they do form the basis of a Spectrus kill team.
These fine women are, of course, wearing the same armour colours as my other Space Marines; i.e. white armour with black equipment and green trimmings. The use of alternative heads continues to make a big difference to how engaged I am with the painting and I find it quite remarkable how much Space Marines are a like a canvas onto which to paint my own story. I’ve been trying Martian Iron Earth paint for the basing which has been quite an interesting experience. Getting the right amount of it on the base is a bit of an art in its own right, and I’ve taken to painting a dark brown on the base as the previous step in case the crackle ends up with a gap that goes down to the plastic. I’m working on the basis that it must be a bit dusty and therefore not worrying too much when my clumsy application smears a bit of the technical paint on the shoes of a Space Marine.
Next on the painting table: She-Hulk.
This is a second squad of Intercessors for my Space Marine (Adeptus Astartes) force in Warhammer 40,000. Or they could just be part of a ten-woman squad with the first lot, depending on how I built my army; it is perhaps a sign of how little I really know about the game that I’m not really sure whether I would want to do that or not. These ones are wielding stalker bolt rifles (scope on top if you need to ask) which are long ranged, harder hitting weapons than the normal bolt rifles.
Of course, the nature of a Space Marine army is that there is a lot of uniformity between the miniatures so of course these Intercessors are clad in white, black and green just like the previous ones. I’ve enjoyed the alternative heads and I think that it gives a bit more character to the army than endless helmets. I do recognise the stupidity of wearing unobtainium armour but not bothering with a hat, but Warhammer 40,000 is a setting in which people fly across the galaxy in mile-long spaceships in order to punch each other on the nose so I’m never too worried about the fine points of military rigour.
Next on the painting table: Infiltrators.
Here are five Incursors for my Space Marine (Adeptus Astartes) force in Warhammer 40,000. These soldiers are wearing Phobos armour which is always described as being lighter in order to facilitate sneakiness but is actually exactly as effective as everyone else’s power armour in the game. The Incursors are weighed down with a variety of cameras and lenses, apparently to represent their use of technology to further their excellence in genocide. Actually I have to admit that I rather preferred the original depictions of Space Marines in the setting of the early 90s; they were always described as unhinged liabilities best pointed in the right direction and given a wide berth thereafter. The later (and modern) version of them as only mildly crazed warrior monks is somehow just less amusing.
The Incursors received the same white, black and green colours of the other Space Marines, but I did enjoy adding a bit of red and blue onto the various lenses they’re carrying. The decals on the shoulder pads are courtesy of Chapter Creator (edit: my mistake, it’s actually Chapter Customizer) and I had forgotten how much of a pain it is to put a 2D decal onto a 3D surface like a pauldron. Luckily the mess isn’t too noticeable at tabletop range, though it does grate a bit in these photos.
Next on the painting table: MODOK.
Here are a squad of Intercessors, part of a Space Marine (or Adeptus Astartes if we’re being posh) army for Warhammer 40,000. They’re basic troops and, while still elite by most standards, aren’t really laden down too much with silly rules. These ones are armed with auto bolt rifles (you can tell by the box magazine) which gives them more shots at a reduced power. When I originally purchased these I had it in my head to play them as the Deathwatch, in which case these would be the first members of a Fortis kill team.
I deliberately didn’t paint the Intercessors in any specific Chapter’s heraldry on the basis that it would be less confusing if I later want to move them to represent any other Chapter in the game. As it happens, they ended up looking a bit like the Mentor Legion but I’m not aiming for that look specifically. Originally I just tried the combination of white and black for the armour colour but, perhaps not surprisingly, that looked rather dull and monotone so I’ve added green kneepads and pauldron rims. The heads are a mix of Statuesque and Shapeways, though I think that this particular batch are all from Statuesque. It’s been quite fun painting up something as iconic in modern wargaming as a Space Marine; I think that the last ones I did came from Space Crusade.
Next on the painting table: Incursors.